Chuck and the First Peoples' Kitchen


Thursday, November 12


  • Episode 11

Chuck travels to Wikwemikong on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario where he meets Theodore Flamand. With his boat, Theodore takes Chuck to the site where he and his colleagues want to reintegrate growing wild rice: a flagship plant of the First Peoples' diet. Along the way, Chuck learns more about the chaga, a mushroom with many properties. Chuck witnesses a unique celebration to prepare wild rice in three ways, with the help of culinary chef Hiawatha and several community members who come to assist in this tradition.

Wikwemikong, ON

Chaga mushrooms

Chaga mushrooms tea

Young man processing the wild rice in its traditionnal way.

Traditional technique for crushing wild rice using moccasins.

Young girl stiring the wild rice salad 

Wild rice salad with wild berries.